The New York Rangers roll into the Motor City playing their best hockey of this young season. They are on a four-game winning streak and hope to add another to their win total. At 7-7-1, the Rangers will look to get over .500 in Detroit against the Red Wings. The Red Wings have been playing decent hockey this past week as well. Looking like the worst team in the NHL, the Red Wings have been saving some face with a better effort in their past few games.
They have won four of their last five games, with their most recent game a 3-2 win over the Canucks in a shootout. The Canucks have been playing better than expected this season, so that isn’t a bad win for the Red Wings. The Wings are just searching for a new identity in the next few years.
The Hockeytown era is over in Detroit, and this season hopes to be a bridge to something as successful in the future. With four Stanley Cups between 1997 and 2008, there is a lot of work for this current bunch to do to be able to match that string of success.
It’s more of a feeling out process for the youngsters in Detroit right now. They’ve finally been able to put some games together that might attract fans to Little Caesars Arena. I can’t remember seeing Red Wings’ tickets under 10 dollars, even during the preseason, but this is what a really bad team will do for ticket sales.
Not too many people are interested to go watch Dylan Larkin and Gustav Nyquist. It doesn’t have the same ring to it as Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, who sold plenty of tickets for the Red Wings organization. The Rangers are in a bit of a rebuilding phase as well, but they are still hang on to some veterans who have helped out this season. Mats Zuccarello will be out in Detroit, though. Head below for our free Rangers vs. Red Wings pick.
N.Y. Rangers vs. Detroit Red Wings Pick
It’s been a combination of young and old on the Rangers getting the job done this season. Henrik Lundqvist in particular has been playing well in NYC. On the younger end of the scale, 25-year-old Jimmy Vesey and 23-year-old Pavel Buchnevich have both chipped in with 5 and 4 goals. Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad lead the team with 7 and 6 goals.
It’s going to be interesting for the Rangers with respects to Kreider, Zibanejad, and Zuccarello. The Rangers will have to field some phone calls regarded the availability of all three. They could help a team in contention out there, and with the Rangers likely not a threat, it’d probably be worthwhile in the long run if the trade was right. However, for the moment, they do make the Rangers a decent team.
Note that the Rangers will not have the services of Mats Zuccarello in Detroit on this mini two-game road trip. That takes a weapon out of the hands of the Rangers in this one. It’s been the defence and Henrik stepping up for the Rangers recently, though. They’ve allowed 2.25 goals per game during their four-game winning streak. Lundqvist has been terrific against the Red Wings in the past, and he’s had to face some much better Wings teams. He owns a 1.96 GAA and 0.937 save percentage in 15 games.
Conversely, the Red Wings have been looking better in that regard, with 2.6 goals allowed per game in their previous six games. Just like Lundqvist has had a success career against the Wings, Jimmy Howard has topped him with a 1.74 GAA and 0.949 save percentage against the Rangers. The UNDER has gone 17-5-5 in their previous 27 meetings, and 8-0-2 in their last ten. There’s been an average of just 3.6 goals scored in their last six meetings. No Zuccarello in the lineup will have the Rangers’ offence adjusting here as well. A 3-2 game looks like a likely scenario in this matchup in Detroit.